Celebrating over 75 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

February 21, 2017      Vol. X, #15


There was nothing fishy about the nearly 50 members who showed up for the last Friday Night Fish Fry of the season.  A good night was had by all.  A special thanks to Sharon Elliot who tended to the bar needs of revelers both Friday and Saturday evening.  The bluegrass band, Fauxgrass, entertained troops Saturday evening in the Stag’s Head Lounge and even drew several couples to strut their stuff on the dance floor.  We won’t mention any names.


Editor’s note: SHUT--UP! Tell me it’s not so? I was blown away, sort of like the melting base at the top of South Peak, when I learned a good friend had actually “unsubscribed” from the Caberfae Ski Club eNewsletter.  Unsubscribed!  Seriously?  I know!  Right?  How could someone do that?  After days of soul searching I knew what I had to be done.  I contacted my friend and asked, “Hey! What dup?”  The response was, “You!  What dup?” After looking at the eNewsletter as you, the reader, sees it, I noticed in the upper left corner on the opening page, in small blue copy, the insidious word, “Unsubscribe.” If you inadvertently venture to close to that corner of the page, POOF! The eNewsletter vanishes into cyber space, never to brighten you devise again. You have been warned.   




If you haven’t voted yet, watch your email for a friendly reminder.

FRIDAY – This is the last Friday the Clubhouse Grill will be open on Friday.

The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with full service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

Appetizer Potluck in the Stag’s Head Lounge at about 6 p.m.  Bring an app to pass (delectable not downloadable).  



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with full service until 4 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

Caberfae Ski Chicks and DJ Glenn will light up the Stag’s Head Lounge mid afternoon

Annual Meeting and Beer Drink at 4:30 p.m.  (sorry, no alcohol sales during the meeting)

Steak Fry 7 p.m. hosted by the Senior Grill Team followed by a reprisal of Glenn and the Chicks.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with full service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

The Stag’s Head Lounge will open at noon.

The barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing the dining room and Stag’s Head Lounge.


Inside this Issue:



3.  HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP the weekend of March 4th








1.   THE LONG ANTICIPATED ANNUAL MEETING of the Caberfae Ski Club is coming up on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.  Be sure to arrive early to participate in the time honored ritual of the pre-meeting festivities in the Stag’s Head Lounge.  This frivolity is presented by the shy and retiring Caberfae Ski Chicks.  Remember to bring you own mini cooler and stock up on your choice of rehydration agents as there will be no bar service during the Annual Meeting.  However, immediately following the meeting the newly elected board members will be on hand to make good on the long standing tradition of buying a round of drinks for the membership.  Also on hand will be those candidates who did not win.  They too wish to show their appreciation for not being selected.  The third round is courtesy of the outgoing board members.  When you see any of these folks, please thank them for their service to the club.  Their efforts keep the skis on this splendid sled.   Please come join the fun and learn about the state of the Caberfae Ski Club.  Pete and Tim Meyer plan to be on hand to give their annual peek at the peaks.


Following the meeting DJ Glenn and the Caberfae Ski Chicks will warm your appetite in preparation for the Annual Meeting Steak Fry brought to you by the Senior Grill Team.  Dinner will be served promptly at 7 p.m.  The menu includes: Salad, Grilled Steak or Chicken, Potatoes, Vegetables, Rolls, Beverage and Dessert.  Adults: $18/under 12 years old: $10.  Please use the Dinner Reservation Hotline: DinnerReservations@CaberfaeSkiClub.org to let Sue know how many will be in your group.


After dinner DJ Glenn and the Chicks will keep the fires burning in the Stag!”



2. WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Tuesday Feb. 21st, 2017

Good evening, all.  Well, this is going to be another short, sweet writing.  We've found ourselves in a spontaneous evening of food, friends, a fire, and movie ('Bottle Shock', 'true' story about early days of Napa Valley wines competing with the French....).  That, after a nice late afternoon walk on the golf course. A beautiful Spring afternoon here, unfortunately.  What can I say- the saving grace was the distant sounds of kids squealing and laughing on the peaks.  It seemed so far away, yet right over there.  The golf course is all but free of snow, except in the shady spots, and those are in jeopardy.  Especially in lieu of tomorrows predicted 60 degree temps.  And the possible rains of Thursday and Friday. But take heart, cold is also predicted after all the aforementioned.  And snow.  My instincts and experiences here lead me to believe that skiing is not done, it's transitioned to Spring skiing for now, but could well return to proper cold winter activity.  Stay tuned.  I've done my part to ensure that snow returns, by ordering both motorcycle and bicycle tires.  Motorcycle tires should arrive tomorrow, I'll mount and balance them on Thursday, snow should therefore return Friday.  No test ride.


Don't forget- club general meeting is Saturday afternoon.  If you don't attend and participate, you're not allowed to complain, about anything!


Other news?  Ask Stacey Cooper about her spectacular slide off the back side of South Peak.   She's lucky to be whole and walking about, if a bit stiffly.  It pays to be strong and in pretty good shape.


OK, I hate to leave you so soon, but have to get back to the movie and our friends.

See you on the weekend.  It'll be ok....



PS- Groucho Marx: "I don't want to belong to any club that would accept people like me as a member."



3.  HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP - Saturday, March 4th

The Kid’s Club will be rocking the Round Room under the watchful eyes of the Putkela family.



4.  A SECOND RUN THROUGH THE GATES – If you missed an edition of the eNewsletter or just need a reminder, here are some repeats of a few stories that will keep you in the know.  Remember, an archive of eNewsletters is always available on the club webpage.


    a.  CAST YOUR BALLOT for two Candidates - You have until February 23 to cast your ballot for two candidates from among the five, very qualified candidates.  Please see below to read bios on the candidates and an article about the new voting process.


 After you select your favorite candidates it’s time to vote.  This year balloting will be a little different.  It’s being conducted via email.  Remember last fall when you paid your dues?  You did pay your dues, right?  Included with your dues invoice was a request to submit one, official, email address for the Caberfae Ski Club.  Now, to be clear, if you received this copy of the eNewsletter you certainly submitted one official email address to the club.  You may have submitted other email address where you wished to receive additional copies of the eNewsletter, but only one address was your official CSC email address.  Sorry, you need to remember that address.  So check your e-mails for the ballot.


 On Sunday evening, February 12th at approximately 9:30 p.m. a ballot was emailed to your official club address.  On your screen of emails the ballot will show as sent from “roelfsen@gmail.com via surveymonkey.com.”  When you open the email, it reads, “Please Vote!”  Click on the blue button “Begin Survey.”  Don’t worry, this is actually a ballot, not a survey.  The second page is a note from Norma Roelfsema, Club Secretary/Treasurer.  The third page is the actual ballot containing the names of five candidates.  After you have voted for up to two candidates, click the “Done” button, this completes your vote. (Note: The survey will not let you vote for more than two, but if you only wish to vote for one candidate, you may do so!)  The last page is a shameless promotion from SurveyMonkey commending your ability with the message, “Hey, You’re Pretty Good at This!”  Just x out … your vote has been recorded.


If you ballot doesn’t appear in your Inbox, check your Spam or Junk or Promo folders.  When you find it, you may wish to give it permission to appear in your normal feed so you don’t miss out next year.  Just sayin.  If you still don’t find a ballot, contact Norma Roelfsema  CaberfaeSkiClub@CaberfaeSkiClub.org


Remember, the club bylaws permit only one vote per membership, so whoever reads this first gets the worm.   The cyber-Gods know when a ballot has been cast from a particular email address, so don’t even think about voting a second time from a different device.  Hey, this ain’t Chicago.  Balloting will be open until February 23, 2017.


If you haven’t cast a ballot by Wednesday night, Norma will send you a little reminder.  It will come from roelfsen@gmail.com.


If you can imagine there are still a few members who don’t have email.  They were mailed a paper ballot on Monday, February 13th.




Let’s get ready for the Caberfae Caucus.  The Nominating Committee is excited to submit a list of five candidates running for two open seats in the upcoming election for board of directors of the Caberfae Ski Club.  Please take a moment to read about each candidate.  There are posters with photos of each candidate posted on the bulletin board so you can put a face with the name.  When you see these candidates around the clubhouse, please thank them for offering to serve the club. 


Pat Bourassa

Hey (that’s Hi in Yooper and Wisconsinese). I’m Pat Bourassa and I am running for your board.  For the few members I haven’t met, I am a Cadillac native who has returned to the motherland after the longest Lake Michigan circle tour ever.  In my much younger years, I was a member of the Cadillac Ski Team when gates were bamboo and courses were composed of knee deep blue ice corners.  I did graduate from high school in 1974 and went south to WMU where I managed to get a degree in Math and Computer Science. (Yes, there were computers in the 70’s).


After graduating from college, I made the turn around the south side of the lake and spent 4 ½ years in the Chicago area gaining valuable computer programming experience. But I loathed the crowds and traffic so I headed north along the west shore to Green Bay for a 30 year stay with a gas and electric utility.  I spent those years working on technology implementations, culminating in a position to direct the construction of new technology facilities and the management of all corporate buildings.


Before I retired and returned home to Cadillac, I submitted my application to the club so that I would be able to be part of a unique setting with great people.  It is a privilege to be a member and I hope my background will prove helpful on the board.  I love the tradition and heritage of the club and believe managed growth along with a long term operational plan is needed to hand down this rare venue to future skiers. 


So, if you can handle a diehard Packer fan representing you, I would be honored to serve on your board.


Pat Bourassa



Scott Conradson:

As a kid in the early 1970’s I learned to ski at Caberfae.  I can still recall an all-day lesson in the Bratz Class with my sister and my first ride on the Number 1 chairlift.  This was a time when super-fast rope toes, glove guards, and T-bars were the norm; and Shelter was, bar none, the most difficult run.  It was also when the back hill runs of Bear Paw, Tournament, and Number 11 were where you headed when it got busy on the weekends.  As a high school kid I recall the opening day of the “new hill” South Peak. After a hiatus for college at MTU and initiating my career as a civil engineer in Indianapolis,  I eventually worked my way back to Cadillac and returned to see the “new-new hill” North Peak.  I’ve been an avid Wednesday Night Race Leaguer for 23 years and watched the evolution of our ski equipment, and now I’m not sure how we ever skied on the long straight skis, but we did.   

My wife Susan and I joined the CSC in 2007 and are now in the process of getting our daughter Erica up to speed on skis; believe me when I say attitude matters!  Just like Caberfae has continued to evolve over the years into what it is today, so has our ski club.  I know we have a broad range of qualities in our membership with differing wants and needs that happen at different stages of life; and attitude still matters!  We have made many new friends along the way, and I am grateful for all of the volunteerism that makes our club what it is.  To that end I would like to step up and pitch-in to continue to make our club a great place for our families and friends.  Vote for me, and I’ll try my best to help continue the evolution of our great club.


Tac Lee

Hi, my name is Tac Lee. I’m a Cadillac native and current resident. I have been married to my wife Carol (Bourassa) for 34+ years. We have one son, Evan. I have been employed at Rexair in Cadillac for 33 years, where I am the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor.          

We have been skiers for more than forty years (not Evan of course since he’s only twenty) and feel that we were pretty much born to do so.


I am running for the Ski Club Board because I would like to contribute to the operation and success of the Club. This organization is unique, and needs to be looked after carefully so that the legacy can be passed down for generations yet to come.


My qualifications include board seats on: The City of Cadillac Zoning Board of Appeals, Cadillac All Sports Association (Former President of Baseball ), Cadillac Soccer Association and ETC Company Incorporated (Vice President and Secretary).


I am also a Certified Speed and Agility Specialist and have coached 17 seasons of soccer (both Boys and Girls). I have trained youths ranging from pre-school to collegiate level.


I hold certificates in Supervision, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service and have a Six Sigma Green Belt (a problem solving process used in business and industry).  If you feel I am qualified, I would appreciate your vote.




PS; I’m pretty content with my parking pass in the McKenzie lot, but please don’t think any less of me if I were to upgrade.



Paul Waug

Hello fellow club members. My name is Paul Waug and I am running for re-election on the board. I currently serve as Second Vice President and Entertainment Chairperson. I like performing my current duties including running the fall and spring work bees and planning the event calendar. I enjoy all aspects of the club from skiing to socializing, from dinners to dancing, from working on the building to watching over the bonfire on family weekend. My expertise as an electrician and business owner has been useful over the fifteen years I’ve been a member.


I am grateful for the opportunity to have served this club that I have such a passion for, and would like to continue in my current capacity for another term. If re-elected I promise to continue to honor our traditions while working toward a common vision for the future of our club.



Craig Weidner

I have been involved with the Caberfae Ski Club for many years and would like to become more active in the club as a member of the Board.  I have many fond memories of Caberfae and the Club beginning as a child when my parents became members in the early 1950's.  I learned to ski in 1953 and participated in many Club and Caberfae racing events which led me to becoming a member of the Cadillac High School ski team from 1964-1966.  I then attend Ferris State College, but took off the winter quarters to work as a full-time certified instructor for Caberfae in the late 60s.  In 1970 I moved to Ostsego Ski Club in Gaylord, MI as a full-time instructor, and the winter of 1971/72 became the Director of Skiing Operations for Crystal Mountain.  I have skied at Caberfae every year since and rejoined the Ski Club about 10 years ago to enjoy skiing with my daughter and granddaughters who are also members of the club. 


I have a variety of leadership experiences with numerous organizations, and have been active as president for many of them.  My longest tenure was 31 years as a member of the Board of Education for the Cadillac Area Public Schools where I served as president for 28 years.  I believe my diverse experiences in leadership roles will be a benefit to the Caberfae Ski Club and its members.  Thank you for your support.



    c.  SNOOZE ALERT!  UPDATING THE CLUB BYLAWS – A year ago a suggestion was made at a club board meeting.  “Hey!  Wouldn’t it be fun to take a look at the club bylaws and make sure they’re up to date?”  Needless to say there was a collective chorus of groans from the board members.  But when they realized the last time a complete review was conducted was February 27, 1982, reason prevailed.  A committee was formed and, with the help of an attorney with expertise in drafting non-profit bylaws AND willing to donate his services, work began before the attorney changed his mind.  Please follow this link https://www.caberfaeskiclub.org/by-laws/ to take a look at the result of that year-long effort.  These revised bylaws will be presented to the membership for their approval at the Annual Meeting on February 25, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. 




There still bartending opportunities to dish out the drinks in the Stag’s Head lounge.  If you’re interested, please e-mail board member Shane Demek shanedemek@yahoo.com, or Connie Houk croppinconnie@yahoo.com  and let either of them know what days you would like to volunteer.  Please leave a phone number in the e-mail, so that they can give you a polite reminder before your night (just in case something comes up and they need to find a replacement).


Currently Available Dates:

March: 4th, 11th, 18th


If possible, please give Shane or Connie a couple of different nights you would be available, in case multiple people want to bartend on the same evening.


Things to Note:

Friday nights are available as long as there is enough interest and a board member will be around to help close.  

There will be a small refresher required prior to bartending from a board member the day of, just to re-hash things like prices, how to use the cash register, and closing procedures.

Also, we are asking everyone to make the commitment on the night you are bartending to stay until at the very least 9 p.m., so all those closing down the slopes can still enjoy a nice après ski beverage.

A sign-up sheet will be posted upstairs near the bar after we have filled some of the slots.


   e.  HEY VERIZON CELLULAR CUSTOMERS - How you likin’ your cell coverage while at the Fae?  Is it wacked?  Wanna have some fun with Verizon?  Try calling their Verizon Network Trouble Line at (800) 922-0204 and tell em' what you think.  Maybe you should call every day?  After all, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  It works like a teeter totter … The heavier the pile of Trouble Tickets mounding up on one side - the higher Caberfae becomes on their priority list of Things to Fix.  Let’s see if the pile of Trouble Tickets can surpass the number of inches of base.  Hey, if they dump all their Trouble Tickets off at Caberfae, maybe Pete and Tim can build another peak?!?  I’ll bet they’d name it after them.




This is your club and we’d like to hear your ideas to continually improve the Caberfae Ski Club for the enjoyment of you and your family.  Let us hear your suggestions. Email us at: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org   If you have a story or an article you’ve written that you’d like to share with club members in the eNewsletter, please email or call the eNewsletter editor.



Caberfae Ski Club web page: www.caberfaeskiclub.org  

Send your favorite photo-moments from the club or the slopes to neffzone@yahoo.com 

Club Wi-Fi Password:  Check the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs

Caberfae Ticket Agent available Fri, Sat., & Sun. until 11:15 a.m. 

Calendar of Events: www.caberfaeskiclub.org/calendar/ 

Dinner Reservation Hotline: dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org  

I Forgot to Make Dinner Reservation Phone Line: (231) 920-6769(Sue’s personal cell phone).

General Caberfae Ski Club email address: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org

Caberfae Peaks Resort: www.caberfaepeaks.com 


Board Members

Doug Frye, president, frye2526@yahoo.com 

Steve Elenbaas, immediate past president,steve@elenbaassteel.com

Shane Demek, first vice president, shanedemek@yahoo.com

Paul Waug, second vice president, social chairman,waugelect@aol.com

Doug Chesney, doug.chesney@sbcglobal.net

Jeff Conradson, jeff7714@gmail.com

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member, mjdc1@yahoo.com  

Connie Houk, board member, croppinconnie@yahoo.com 

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com 


Club Secretary/Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema, roelfsen@gmail.com

Assistant Club Treasurer: David Reiser, dhr49601@yahoo.com

Clubhouse Manager: Sue Egelus, seagle@charter.net 

Club Webmaster: Jim Neff, neff@neffzone.com

Historical Committee: Bernie Bovee, boveeski2@gmail.com  and

Paul Williams, paulskiing@grar.com 

eNewsletter: Pat Goggin, editor, enewsletter@caberfaeskiclub.org   (231) 920-8592